With the most famous ice skating rink (ICE Amsterdam) in the Netherlands cancelled, we asked ourselves the question; where can we still ice-skate this season?
Well, there are plenty of places where you can show off your ice-skating skills (or not). We’ve selected five. Keeping in mind that due to the current guidelines, children up to 17 years old do not have to keep their distance from one another. However, this is the case for people who are 18 years or older. An exception to the group of a maximum of 4 people is if they come from the same household. It is advised to reserve yourself a spot.
Probably one of the coolest indoor ice-skating rinks in the Netherlands! With rainbow lighting on the ceiling, you can skate for 400 meters in some sort of a tunnel which makes it a unique experience. If the weather allows it, the sides of the tunnel can be opened. That way you have the experience of outdoor skating with the advantages of the inside. schaatsbaanrotterdam.nl
Jaap Edenbaan, Amsterdam
Let’s start with the most important news; you can skate on the outside 400-meter track! And that is nice, because exercising outside is always a good thing. Moreover, this is the only outside ice-skating ring in this list! Even more reason to visit, because there is nothing like some ice-skating with a red nose from the cold and the December sunshine on your face. Good to know; especially for families there are special ICE FUN hours. During these hours speeding is not allowed, so children and parents can enjoy the ice without any worries. jaapeden.nl
Near Amsterdam, you’ll find the Ice-rink of Haarlem. It’s indoor and you can rent ice-skates like most other places on this list. Combine a visit to this place with a walk around in Haarlem or visit cute town Santpoort where you can walk around in the forest.
Cool Event, Scheveningen
This ice rink will show off again on the Kurhausplein from December 5th, to January 17, 2021. And that is extra special in these turbulent corona times. For kids: Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen have the skates ready for a real ‘meet and greet’. Big and small, young and old, families and children are all welcome to the nicest outing of the year. This 14th edition will be slightly different and due to the maximum number of visitors, reservations for the ice rink are recommended. cooleventscheveningen.nl
De Scheg, Deventer
Equally fun is De Scheg ice skating rink in Deventer. Enjoy this indoor ice-skating rink of 400 meters that is also open for free skating at various hours. Rules and reservations apply, so check the website for more info. sportbedrijfdeventer.nl/descheg
Ice-skating on Natural Ice
And of course, if temperatures hit below zero for a few days, it’s possible to ice-skate on natural ice in the Netherlands! Mind you, this is rare and only happens every couple of years! Our favourite natural ice-skating spots are:
- Dwarsgracht (near Giethoorn)
- Loodsrechtse Plassen, Loodsrecht
- Vinkeveense Plassen, Vinkeveen
- Molenpolder, Utrecht
- Weerribben, Overrijssel
- The Amsterdam canals of course!